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wang923 Sep 14, 2013 04:34 PM

Hi all,
My in-laws are in desperate need of figuring out what this seasoning is. My photo isn't the best as the spice is a light orange color. They said it is for crab and/or fish. Anyone have a guess? Thanks so much for your help.

  1. ttoommyy Sep 15, 2013 05:43 AM

    What does it taste and smell like?

    1. hill food Sep 14, 2013 07:42 PM

      I'd guess a homemade recipe for something like Old Bay.

      the heritage and geography of the friend would help.

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      1. re: hill food
        wang923 Sep 14, 2013 07:56 PM

        They are located in NYC and are Korean.

        1. re: wang923
          KAYLO Sep 14, 2013 08:06 PM

          Dried spices deteriorate quickly; if this gift is over a few months old(the friend has since passed away?) it may not be worth pursuing. I would encourage them to take some of it to a bulk spice shop such as in St. Lawrence Market or Kensington (surely there is something comparable near them in NYC!) and just ask. Instant solution! FWIW, it LOOKS like turmeric to me.

          1. re: KAYLO
            perk Sep 14, 2013 10:39 PM

            yea, i thought of tumeric too....

            1. re: KAYLO
              wang923 Sep 15, 2013 03:50 AM

              This is a great idea! Thanks so much. We will give this a try for sure.

            2. re: wang923
              hill food Sep 14, 2013 10:08 PM

              then I am of no use. I love Korean food but have no clue in its intricacies.

              maybe if it's convenient swing by a mom'n'pop Korean grocer with a bit to taste and see if they have a clue.

              but then again who says it has to be Korean at all? for all anyone knows it could be an Indian mix the originator took a like to.

              in that case, if you're intent, carry a small vial around on your ways and ask around at various grocers. as friends of 2nd generation Indian descent have said, "my Mother's curry mix is not the same as her sister's or her cousin's and my Father's is something else altogether"

              good luck!

          2. greygarious Sep 14, 2013 06:34 PM

            It would help to know the nationality/cuisine. In America, Old Bay Seasoning is a red-orange spice blend for crab and other seafood but I don't think that's what is pictured.

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            1. re: greygarious
              wang923 Sep 14, 2013 07:21 PM

              I know this is a long shot because I have very little info about it. It is like searching for a needle in a haystack. They were given this seasoning by a friend who has since passed away. They are quite sure it is not a home mix. I first thought of Old Bay but I compared it and Old Bay is quite a bit darker. I think this may be an impossible task.

            2. chefj Sep 14, 2013 05:27 PM

              Where did it come from?

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